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There will be a 2014 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassA new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

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  1. Daniel Walsh, Recreational Angler
  2. Falls Church, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Daniel Walsh →

Posted on July 2, 2013 | Permalink

Sharps Island Light Citation Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Middle Bay
Location: Sharps Island Light

This Spotted Seatrout is 9.4 lbs and 29 inches long! It was caught on The Bay Lady with Captain Richard Grimes at Sharps Island Light.

Tags: Spotted Seatrout

  1. Michael Rosa, Recreational Angler
  2. Olney, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Michael Rosa →

Posted on July 1, 2013 | Permalink

Catch and Release Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Honga River

I caught and released this 25 inch Spotted Seatrout on the Honga River.

Tags: Spotted Seatrout, Speckled Trout

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 69
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on June 28, 2013 | Permalink

Bluegill fishing at Pleasant Valley Lake

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Pleasant Valley Lake

Dry fly fishing for Bluegills in Pleasant Valley Lake at the 4-H Center in Bittinger, MD has been fantastic during the last couple of weeks. My niece Stephanie was visiting from out of state to help out with our Brook Trout studies and asked "What is fly-fishing?" She was soon to find out that evening at the lake, after some brief instructions - she made a nice cast and caught a decent Bluegill on her very first try! She and cousin Kyle caught several nice Bluegills on elk-hair caddis, and these fish put up quite a fight when hooked on the fly-rod.

Pictured is 1) Stephanie with her first Bluegill 2) Kyle with one of his Bluegills 3) and a typical Pleasant Valley Lake Bluegill.

Tags: Bluegill

  1. Mike Miller, Recreational Angler
  2. Finksburg
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Mike Miller →

Posted on June 28, 2013 | Permalink

PIG Liberty Reservoir Smallie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Fishing the other day 6/25/2013 around 7:30PM in Liberty Reservoir from my kayak, throwing big topwaters. This guy came up and absolutely crushed my floating 8" freestyle trout lure. I wish I had remembered to turn my GoPro ON.....AHHHH, always next time. I don't have a scale yet but he was well over 4+lbs and around 20" in length. The lure I was using was 8" long so you can get a good Idea of how big he was. Wish you could of heard the SMACK when he crushed the lure and went airborne. Sorry, I can't tell if its a male or female . You can see a pretty distinct hump in it's back from the gopro screen shot. Next time I will have a scale to verify the weight. I'm gunning for that seriously dated record of 8lbs... wish I could find a picture of that fish, I almost dont believe it. Thanks, Mike

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

  1. Steve Weiss, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Steve Weiss →

Posted on June 24, 2013 | Permalink

Speckled Trout Hook Up

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern Shore
Location: Bishops Head

Steve caught this nice 25" spotted seatrout over the weekend while fishing with his friend.

Tags: Speckled Seatrout, Spotted Seatrout

  1. Autumn Cornachia, Youth Angler
  2. Ridgeley, WV
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Autumn Cornachia →

Posted on June 21, 2013 | Permalink

Success! Trout Fishing With Dad

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Little Wills Creek

I caught the fish in PA at Little Wills Creek, about 10 mins away from Jennings Run in Maryland.I spent the day fishing with my dad Mike Cornachia. I love trout fishing and enjoy spending time on the streams with my dad. I have fished with my dad since I was a little girl and this was the biggest trout I have ever caught.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 69
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on June 19, 2013 | Permalink

Fishing Report From The North Branch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River

Here are a few pictures of fish waiting to be caught in the North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit Trout Fishing Area and the overlapping Black Bass Catch and Return Fishing Area from the McCoole Fisheries Management Area downstream five miles to the Gary Yoder Fisheries Management Area at Black Oak, and then downstream another 9 miles to the Pinto Area. Both Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout were found in these sections of the river, however at lower abundance levels compared to upstream areas (Westernport to McCoole). Trout were found in the faster runs and the very deep pools. A lot of scrappy Smallmouth Bass averaging about 6 to 10 inches were collected, however we did not collect a lot of quality-sized bass. The abundance of the smaller bass should bode well for the future. We observed good numbers of Fallfish - a large minnow species, so anglers can expect to catch a bunch of these fish that fight just like a trout. There are public access sites at the McCoole Fisheries Management Area and downstream at the Gary Yoder Fisheries Management Area. The Pinto area currently has no public access, so permission from private property owners needs to be secured before accessing the river at this location. Also, there are some boulder-strewn runs - especially between McCoole and Black Oak, so canoeist should use caution in this section of the river.

Pictured is Fisheries Technician Jon Folk with 1) Smallmouth Bass 2) Brown Trout 3) Rainbow Trout 4) Fallfish

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Fallfish

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 69
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on June 18, 2013 | Permalink

Fish Survey Results

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit (C&R) Trout Fishing Area

The Western Region Fisheries crew recently conducted a fish population survey in the North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit (C&R) Trout Fishing Area from Westernport downstream to the McCoole Fisheries Management Area. The river is chocked-full of Rainbow Trout, from fingerling size to about 15 inches (and we did see a couple in the 20 inch range that we were unable to net). The Brown Trout population is dominated by large fish, as most of the Brown Trout we collected were in the 16 to 19 inch size class. Smallmouth Bass were also common, and the larger size Smallmouth Bass were found within this section of the river. The river is big water, with a very slippery boulder substrate. The best way to fish here is to float from the Westernport access at the mouth of Georges Creek downstream four miles to the McCoole Fisheries Management Area. This stretch is not for novices as there are a few drops and boulder-strewn rapids. There are local float-fishing guide services that I would recommend for the first-time angler.

Pictured is Fisheries Technician Jon Folk with 1) Brown Trout 2) Brown Trout 3) Brown Trout 4) Smallmouth Bass 5) Rainbow Trout

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 69
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on June 14, 2013 | Permalink

Savage River Reservoir Sampling

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

The Western Region Fisheries staff have been very busy sampling lakes and rivers in Western Maryland - so we would like to share some updates on the fish populations on those areas. The Savage River Reservoir was completely drained in 2009 and re-filled by March 2010 to make necessary gate repairs within the dam, and since that time MD DNR has completed an aggressive re-stocking initiative. Our recent survey shows that the fish species community is now very similar to what it was prior to the reservoir draining. While we didn't "crunch the numbers" yet - it looks like the fishery is well on its way to full recovery. Yellow Perch are very abundant, with a lot of fish in the 7 to 10 inch range, plenty of Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds, and a surprising number of quality sized Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. Rainbow Trout from put and take adult stockings are doing very well, as we observed many trout surfacing to eat insects during our survey.

Pictured is Fisheries Technician Marcus Wilson with 1) Yellow Perch 2) Black Crappie 3) Largemouth Bass 4) Bluegill 5) Rock Bass

Tags: Yellow Perch, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

  1. Jacob Holtz, Fisheries Service
  2. Total Reports: 8
  3. View all reports by Jacob Holtz →

Posted on June 12, 2013 | Permalink

Mixed Bag of Panfish on the Gunpowder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder

I went out on the Gunpowder near Dundee Creek on Saturday, June 11. I fished a spinner and caught nothing but aquatic vegetation, so I switched to a Trout Magnet suspended under a float. I caught about a dozen panfish in the two hours I was there, all in the 6-8 range. Most were Pumpkinseeds, but I also ran into a few perch. The folks down the shore caught a few bullheads in addition to some small White Perch.

Tags: pumpkinseed, Yellow Perch, Bullhead Catifhs, White Perch

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